FG 85 (Business Council) (White House Central Files: Subject Files)


These Presidential historical materials are in the custody of the National Archives and Records Administration under the provisions of Title I of the Presidential Recordings and Materials Preservation Act of 1974 (44 U.S.C. 2111 note), and implementing regulations. In accordance with the act and regulations, archivists reviewed the file group to identify private or personal as well as non-historical items. Such items, if found, have been withdrawn for return to the individual with primary proprietary or commemorative interest in them.

Materials covered by this act have been archivally processed and are described in this finding aid. Items that are security classified or otherwise restricted under the act and regulations have been removed and placed in a closed file. A Document Withdrawal Record (NA Form 14021) has been placed in the front of each folder describing each withdrawn item. Employees of the National Archives will review periodically the unclassified portions of closed materials for the purpose of opening those which no longer require restrictions. Classified documents may be reviewed for declassification under authority of Executive Order 13526 in response to Mandatory Review Request (NA Form 14020) submitted by the researcher.

  • Linear measurement of materials:  4 in.
  • Approximate number of pages:  640
Organizational Note

The Business Council, originally called the Business Advisory Council, was formed on June 26, 1933 as a quasi-governmental body under the Department of Commerce. In 1961, the Council severed its government ties and dropped "Advisory" from the title. As an independent body, the Council offered its advisory services to any interested agencies and/or departments.

Scope and Content Note

The records consist of correspondence, memorandums, newspaper clippings, press releases, and handwritten notes. Primary correspondents include President Nixon, Dwight Chapin, Ken Cole, John Ehrlichman, Peter Flanigan, H.R. Haldeman, Bryce Harlow, Henry Kissinger, Paul McCracken, David Packard, Hugh Sloan, Fred Borch, John Burke, William M. Batten, and Business Council members. Topics include Business Council and White House dinners, membership on the council, Business Council Liaison Committee, President Nixon's economic policies, inflation, and employment concerns. The Oversize Attachment 8490 has been integrated into this collection.

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